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Starting Nine: National League Central

January 15, 2010

Next up in our Starting Nine series is the National League Central. Outside of the St. Louis Cardinals re-signing Matt Holliday, there haven’t been any big-time offensive additions to this division. As a whole, this might be the weakest offensive division in baseball (yes, even passing the NL West).

Let’s take a look at the starting lineups for all six teams in this division as presently constructed.

St. Louis Cardinals

1. Skip Schumaker, 2B

2. Brendan Ryan, SS

3. Albert Pujols, 1B

4. Matt Holliday, LF

5. Ryan Ludwick, RF

6. Yadier Molina, C

7. Colby Rasmus, CF

8. David Freese, 3B

9. Chris Carpenter, P

Quick Take – Re-signing Holliday was crucial to this lineup. Despite having Holliday and Pujols in the three-four spot, this lineup will only be as dynamic as Rasmus and Freese takes them.

Milwaukee Brewers

1. Rickie Weeks, 2B

2. Alcides Escobar, SS

3. Ryan Braun, LF

4. Prince Fielder, 1B

5. Casey McGehee, 3B

6. Corey Hart, RF

7. Gregg Zaun, C

8. Carlos Gomez, CF

8. Yovani Gallardo, P

Quick Take – The Brewers sacrificed some offense for defense in 2010. This isn’t the powerful Brewers’ lineup of the last couple of years. There are a lot of automatic outs from seven through nine.

Chicago Cubs

1. Alfonso Soriano, LF

2. Kosuke Fukudome, RF

3. Derek Lee, 1B

4. Aramis Ramirez, 3B

5. Marlon Byrd, CF

6. Geovany Soto, C

7. Ryan Theriot, SS

8. Mike Fontenot, 2B

9. Carlos Zambrano, P

Quick Take – This lineup is getting old in a hurry. If Soriano, Ramirez, and Soto can come back from disappointing 2009 seasons, the Cubs could be in business in 2010. However, I still think they are going to be hard pressed to score runs in 2010.

Cincinnati Reds

1. Drew Stubbs, CF

2. Brandon Phillips, 2B

3. Joey Votto, 1B

4. Jay Bruce, RF

5. Scott Rolen, 3B

6. Ramon Hernandez, C

7. Paul Janish, SS

8. Chris Dickerson, LF

9. Bronson Arroyo, P

Quick Take – This lineup looks good for now and even better for the future. If Bruce can stay healthy, he could have a breakout year in 2010. I would like someone better than Janish at SS, but top prospect Todd Frazier isn’t ready to take over just yet.

Houston Astros

1. Michael Bourn, CF

2. Kaz Matsui, 2B

3. Lance Berkman, 1B

4. Carlos Lee, LF

5. Hunter Pence, RF

6. Pedro Feliz, 3B

7. J.R. Towles, C

8. Tommy Manzella, SS

9. Roy Oswalt, P

Quick Take – This six through nine is brutal. It’s hard to have a top offense when the bottom part of your lineup is this bad. Top catching prospect Jason Castro is not too far away, so this is Towles’ last stand with the Astros.

Pittsburgh Pirates

1. Andrew McCutchen, CF

2. Akinori Iwamura, 2B

3. Garrett Jones, 1B

4. Ryan Doumit, C

5. Andy LaRoche, 3B

6. Lastings Milledge, LF

7. Ryan Church, RF

8. Ronny Cedeno, SS

9. Zach Duke, P

Quick Take – I think in order to maximize their offense’s potential, the Pirates will play Jones at first and Church in right instead of playing Jones in right and Jeff Clement at first. The Pirates’ offense will be better in 2010, but will still have a hard time scoring runs on a consistent basis.

Last, but not least, tomorrow we will take a look at the National League West.

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Spring Position Battles Update…

April 5, 2009

With the news that Jonny Gomes was cut from the Reds, it looks like Chris Dickerson has won the starting LF job in Cincinnati.

Now there is still a chance that Dickerson may still platoon with Jerry Hairston Jr in LF, but for right now it seems Dickerson will be starting in LF for the Reds.

Chris Dickerson goes from projected winner to winner.

Reds LF, Chris Dickerson vs. Jonny Gomes. Dickerson, who in his end of year audition last year tore up the baseball by hitting .306 with 6 hr’s and 15 rbi in just 31 games with the Reds. He hasn’t slowed down this spring has he has hit .325/2/6 with 5 sb’s in 40 ab’s. Gomes, who was signed in the offseason can hit the long ball and also can hit left-handed pitching (.266/25/61/.369 in 414 ab’s). With the Reds now favoring speed and defense, it looks like Dickerson might have the edge heading into opening day. Winner – Chris Dickerson

Predicting The Rookie Of The Year Winners..

March 31, 2009

Next up in Prediction Week is the AL & NL Rookie of the Year. Winning the Rookie of the Year award can be a springboard to a great career (Albert Pujols, Mike Piazza & Andre Dawson) or it could be the one shining moment in a player’s career (Bob Hamelin, Ben Grieve & Jerome Walton). Who will win this year’s award? Let’s take a look…

Qualifications for the Rookie of the Year are a pitcher can’t have more than 50 innings pitched and a hitter can’t have more than 130 career ab’s.

NL

Candidates – Cameron Maybin, Jason Motte, James McDonald, Jordan Schafer, Chris Dickerson & Jordan Zimmermann

Can Maybin steal the ROY?

Can Maybin steal the ROY?

ROY – Cameron Maybin

WHY – Maybin will be the Marlins starting CF from Day 1 which is an important factor in considering who will win. Maybin hit .500 in a 32 ab audition last year for the Marlins and has all the tools to be a star in this game. He should hit around .260 with 10-15 hr’s, 70-80 runs scored and 20-30 sb’s. That should be good enough to win him the award.

AL

Candidates – Matt Wieters, Travis Snider, Brett Anderson, Chris Getz, Elvis Andrus & Brett Gardner

ROY – Travis Snider

Why – I know it is taboo to not to think that Matt Wieters won’t hit .450/40/140 but I like Travis Snider for a couple of reasons:

1. While Wieters will be riding buses from town to town in Triple A until May, Snider will be the Blue Jays starting LF from Day 1. This will give Snider roughly a 100-120 ab advantage.

2. I know Longoria and Braun won the ROY after being called up in May, but they weren’t catchers. Not only will Wieters lose ground to Snider because he won’t be in the majors until May (maybe even June) but he will also lose ground because even when he gets to the majors, he won’t be playing everyday because he is a catcher. Wieters would have to put up astronomical numbers to win the ROY in roughly 400 ab’s.

Spring Position Battles…

March 23, 2009

With Spring Training more than half-way done, it’s time to look at who is winning some of the position battles that are going on this spring.

Lowrie is having a great spring

Lowrie is having a great spring

Red Sox SS, Julio Lugo vs. Jed Lowrie. Early in Spring Training it appeared as if Lugo was going to win the starting SS job from Jed Lowrie. Then Lugo suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee which has knocked him out for 3-4 weeks. Lowrie has made the most of the situation by hitting the snot out of the baseball this spring. Lowrie is hitting .439/2/10 with 2 triples and 6 doubles in 41 ab’s. Projected Winner – Jed Lowrie

Yankees CF, Brett Gardner vs. Melky Cabrera. Cabrera and his .268 lifetime avg seems to be nothing more than a 4th OF. Gardner, who struggled in 127 ab’slast year with a .228/0/16/.283 has really turned it on this spring. Gardner has put an impressive .395/3/6 with 4 sb’s in 38 ab’s. Perhaps Gardner can be for the Yankees was Scott Podsednik was for the White Sox in 2005. Projected Winner – Brett Gardner

Yankees RF, Nick Swisher vs, Xavier Nady. For a team who is approaching a $200MM payroll, it seems odd that they would have 2/3’s of their outfield unsettled. Between Swisher and Nady, neither has had a spectular spring. Whoever loses this battle will be relegated to bench duty because the DH spot is being occupied by Hideki Matsui. With Swisher having the ability to switch hit and work the count (avg 93 walks the last 3 years), he might have the edge over Nady. Projected Winner – Nick Swisher

Reds LF, Chris Dickerson vs. Jonny Gomes. Dickerson, who in his end of year audition last year tore up the baseball by hitting .306 with 6 hr’s and 15 rbi in just 31 games with the Reds. He hasn’t slowed down this spring has he has hit .325/2/6 with 5 sb’s in 40 ab’s. Gomes, who was signed in the offseason can hit the long ball and also can hit left-handed pitching (.266/25/61/.369 in 414 ab’s). With the Reds now favoring speed and defense, it looks like Dickerson might have the edge heading into opening day. Projected Winner – Chris Dickerson

Giants 2B, Kevin Frandsen vs. Emmanuel Burriss. A good battle between 2 young players. Neither has hurt themselves this spring. Frandsen has hit .315/1/5 in 54 ab’s and Burriss has hit .415/1/5 with 2 sb’s in 53 ab’s. With Burriss having the ability to steal a base (117 career minor league sb’s) and to switch hit, I give him the edge over Frandsen. Projected Winner – Emmanuel Burriss

Motte has 4 saves this spring

Motte has 4 saves this spring

Cardinals Closer, Jason Motte vs. Chris Perez vs. Ryan Franklin – Jason Motte has taken this competition by the throat. Motte has looked awesome this spring to the tune of a 1.08 era with 4 saves in 8.1 innings. At 26 years old, Motte seems poised to be the Cardinals’ closer come opening day. While Motte has been dominating, Chris Perez has been sidelined with a shoulder injury and Ryan Franklin who closed games last year for the Cardinals (17/25 in save opportunities), seems destined to be put back in his familiar role of set-up man. Projected Winner – Jason Motte.

Rockies Closer, Huston Street vs. Manny Corpas. This is an interesting battle. Do the Rockies give the job to Manny Corpas who took the closer’s job from Brian Fuentes in 2007 and helped the Rockies reach the World Series but flamed out in 2008? Or do they give the job to Huston Street, a proven closer who was acquired in the Matt Holliday trade but had a below average 2008? Despite Corpas having a solid spring, I believe Street will ultimately win the job. Street has averaged 24 saves over his 4 career and I agree with Rotoworld that giving Street the closer’s job would increase his trade value. Projected Winner – Huston Street.

Also, on a side note to Spring Training congratulations to Ricky Nolasco, Dan Meyer and Leo Nunez of the Florida Marlins who combined to no-hit the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Very impressive!!!